A passenger waiting on the tarmac at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport captured some amazing footage of lightning striking a nearby aircraft.
“Jack Perkins” posted the video on YouTube on Wednesday, writing in the description: “While filming the line of planes all stacked up during a ground hold in Atlanta on 8/18/15, I happened to capture this direct lightning strike on a 737.”
CBS News 3 reports that the man who shot the video with his cell phone was trying to make his way from Atlanta to Minneapolis, but his plane (along with many others) was stranded on the runway due to the severe weather. “He wanted to send video of the storm to his wife when he caught this amazing video. He didn’t even realize the plane was hit until he re-watched the video later.”
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Delta Airlines spokesman Morgan Durrant confirmed to CNN that lightning struck Flight 67 (ultimately bound for Las Vegas) on Tuesday. There were no injuries reported among the 111 passengers and 6 crew members.
“Aircraft design allows lightning bolts to be safely redirected,” Durrant wrote in an email. “Fuselage structure and industrial-grade insulation acts as (a) super-conductive lightning rod that rechannels lightning around and away from customers and crew and out into the ground via the landing gear.”
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According to CNN, “Planes are hit by lightning strikes more commonly than travelers probably realize and are designed with that in mind, commercial airline pilot and AskThePilot.com blogger Patrick Smith said.”
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